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10 decorating errors that give the appearance of a smaller kitchen

1. Without emphasizing a particular view

If you have a long, narrow galley kitchen, you might be tempted to put cabinets everywhere. But it's very worth creating the far end of it if you can, especially if it's under a window and will be used for sitting or eating. It will open up your kitchen and provide you with a view of your backyard in addition to making it more functionally versatile.

2. Strong patterns that detract from the visual harmony

Visually extending the room's borders is the secret to making any room appear larger. Making ensuring the walls aren't too visually striking, such as by avoiding employing patterns that are too bold or startling, is one approach to achieve this. But by itself, that may make the space feel less than inspiring. What should one do instead? If you use a pattern, make sure the colour scheme is subdued.

3. Assuming that 'cool-toned' lighting is the best option

Every area needs the proper amount of light to function well, and while kitchens need bright light, which can help a room feel bigger, we believe that bright light shouldn't be used in a home setting. The superior option? Well-designed kitchen lighting that uses warm-colored bulbs.

'Take care not to blend warm and cool-toned lights, as this frequently makes the overall design appear careless and fragmented.

4. Believing that every component of a small kitchen must also be small

While all kitchen components must be scaled to fit the space available, don't think that doing so will automatically make the room appear larger. In certain instances, having a lot of smaller items can actually make the space appear cramped and smaller. Make the most of your available space by reducing the number of display items on countertops.

5. Designing a kitchen island that's the wrong size for your space

The size of your kitchen island is important; if it is too big, your kitchen will appear crowded, and if it is too little, your kitchen will appear poorly designed.

A common error, according to Jennifer Walter, owner and primary designer of the Folding Chair Design Co., is an island that is too tiny for the room.

6. Believing that wallpaper is not appropriate in a kitchen

'Wallpaper in kitchens is becoming more and more popular, partly due to the variety of designs that are appropriate for moist spaces. In order to add colour, pattern, and interest to a kitchen, you can and should utilize it. Be careful with using too busy patterns, though, since they may be overwhelming in a busy room like a kitchen and make it feel cramped and smaller as well.

7. Using dark colors on upper cabinetry

When integrating darker colours, balance is essential, as it is with most interior design. While dark kitchen cabinetry can work well in larger rooms, having it at eye level will certainly make it appear higher, which can make a medium-sized or smaller room appear smaller.

By keeping the dark color on the bottom and light colors on top, it feels visually lighter and not as heavy which helps in small spaces.

8. Pushing all the cabinetry to the walls

Working with the layout of a flat, remodeling an older home, or opening up two rooms to create an open-plan area might occasionally leave you with an awkward or compromised footprint to fill.

The living area is on one side of the fireplace wall, and the kitchen is on the other, creating an open concept in this Regan Baker-designed kitchen. Long and tight spaces can be challenging to maneuver, but by placing the sink inside the island and a breakfast bar on the other, this small area can serve as a kitchen and dining area, whereas if the cabinetry had just lined the walls, it couldn't.

9. Thinking it is impossible to blend wall cabinets and open shelves

Solid cabinetry that extends from wall to wall is functional but always makes a kitchen appear smaller. Instead, make it appear larger and more fascinating by including some exquisitely arranged open kitchen shelving.

Now that attractive cookware and dishes are displayed on open shelves, it is possible to embellish the space with additional colour and create an eclectic and appealing visual from the outside.

10. Using accessories without taking the overall design into account

After spending money on all of the main kitchen components and giving them careful consideration to ensure that they function cohesively, it is usual for the smallest aspects to be neglected. If you're rebuilding, for instance, your current accessories and tableware might not match, making them stand out like sore thumbs and adding visual clutter to the concept.

Make sure your storage is as roomy as possible, and conceal anything that doesn't look good, is rarely used, or is better off being stowed than exhibited. After that, check to see if what is on display matches the general décor theme or colour story.

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